Today’s Topic: Favorite Book Quotes
Hosted by: That Artsy Reader Girl
I’m tweaking today’s topic a bit and sharing my favorite movie quotes instead. As much as I love to read, for some reason, I’ve never had a great memory for book quotes. Movies, on the other hand, are a different story. I can carry on almost a whole conversation with things I’ve heard in films. I liberally pepper my conversation with them, even though it often leaves others wondering what in the heck I’m talking about.
“The time to make up your mind about people is never.” – The Philadelphia Story
The pretentious Tracy Lord (Katharine Hepburn) utters this line and it’s one I occasionally quote to myself as a reminder not to be rigid in my judgments of people.
2. “Next time you talk to yourself, tell yourself you’re single and end the conversation.” – While You Were Sleeping
Sandra Bullock’s character is chastised by a nurse after the nurse mistakenly believes she is engaged to the man Sandra brought in to the hospital. I quote this line every time I or someone else finds me talking to myself.
3. “Don’t you think daisies are the friendliest flower?” –You’ve Got Mail
Meg Ryan responds to her nemesis, Tom Hank’s character, after he brings her flowers when she is sick. I use this line almost anytime a discussion of flowers are involved.
4. “The love impulse in men frequently reveals itself in terms of conflict.” –Bringing Up Baby
From my all-time favorite movie starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant. Hepburn is a ditzy heiress who is annoying Grant’s stable, reserved scientist. She explains her perspective of the situation to a psychiatrist who innocently evaluates Grant’s aversion to her. I feel this quote fits a multitude of situations for a single woman. Sometimes, I say it just to irritate the men.
5. “These mashed potatoes are so creamy.” –While You Were Sleeping (again)
This film is a gold mine for great quotes. This line is spoken at a chaotic family dinner when everyone is talking over each other and three different conversations are taking place. I and various other members of my family like to repeat this quote when we are together to allude to our own family chaos.
6. “Do you know what’s wrong with you?….. Nothing.” –Charade
Audrey Hepburn says this as a come on to Cary Grant. Of course, she’s absolutely right. But I like to say it to people randomly, just to throw them off guard.
7. “I like people who make me like them. Saves me so much trouble forcing myself to like them.” –Anne of Green Gables
There are so many great quotes in this television adaptation, but this is the one I use the most. The cantankerous Aunt Josephine proclaims it to Anne as the reason she likes Anne. Though I like most people, some take more effort to appreciate than others, so I comfort myself with this line.
8. “…is my one weakness.” -Lark Rise to Candleford
One of the two main protagonists, Dorcas Lane uses this line to describe a multitude of things she enjoys. Clearly, she has more than one weakness and so do I. But I excuse it with this phrase.
9. “I’ve seen hell, and it is white. Snow white.” –North and South
While our heroine Margaret Hales uses this phrase to describe the unpleasantness of the cotton mill, I use it more literally. I despise winter and even more the cold. So, if the sky dares to rain white flakes down I glare and mumble this.
10. “So I ask to God why I am here. I say, “Why God?” –Sabrina
One of the Larabee maids says this to Sabrina’s father as they are discussing the adjustment period of living in a new country. But I find it fits pretty much any situation in which I don’t have an answer.
And a Bonus!
“So let it be written. So let it be done.” –The Ten Commandments
Whenever the Pharaoh issues a decree, this is spoken to cement it. I like to use it any time I finalize plans or if I hear someone being particularly autocratic.
Well, I suppose I did manage to slip in a few quotes from books after all, thanks to the fact they have been adapted to the screen.